Aeon recalls 860,000 bottles of water due to foul smell

Retail giant Aeon has recalled about 860,000 bottles of mineral water in Japan after some customers reported a foul smell coming from the products.

The 2-liter bottles of water were sold under the company's Topvalu brand. Aeon stopped selling them on Monday.

The products affected have best-before dates of February and March 2026, and were produced at a contracted factory in the central prefecture of Gifu.

They were sold at My Basket supermarkets and Aeon Big discount stores in Tokyo and 11 other prefectures between February 27 and April 1.

Aeon says it started receiving customer complaints last week about an odor that smelled like mold.

The company says no bacteria have been detected and there are no reports of health being affected. Aeon has apologized, and says it's looking into the cause.